07/05/11 7:53 PM ET
Fielder breaks down Home Run Derby picks
He especially wanted someone from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose home ballpark, Chase Field, will host All-Star week, and considered outfielder Justin Upton. But Fielder couldn't pass on Kemp, who is having an MVP-caliber season, or Holliday, a two-time Derby veteran, or Weeks, his best friend in baseball."He's a teammate of mine, this is his first All-Star Game, and I'm really excited for him," Fielder said. "I want him to show people how far he can hit it." The Derby, Fielder said, "is kind of intense. It's not as easygoing as you might think it is. You get serious, because of course you want to win." The winning captain will get $150,000 for the charity of his choice, plus a $100,000 donation in his name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. What did it mean to Weeks to have two Brewers in the field for the first time? "We hit homers, I guess," Weeks said. "It's just for the fans to see that we're a small-market team, but we have guys that can play. It's one of those things where you know, show the world something and have fun out there."
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